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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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Zürich, Switzerland

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Delve into the rich cultural traditions of Switzerland on a full-day tour of the scenic countryside from Zurich. With a guide, visit a cheese factory to sample esteemed Swiss cheese, let squares of Swiss chocolate melt on your tongue during a tasting session and travel through quaint villages. Gain fascinating insight into Switzerland’s history from your guide and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
  • Small-group day trip from Zurich to the Switzerland countryside
  • Learn about Swiss traditions and customs in picturesque Appenzell
  • Shop at the Lindt chocolate factory outlet store
  • Visit the cheese factory in Stein
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Professional guide
Visit to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop
Visit of cheese factory
Walking tour of Appenzell
Visit to the cultural and historical museum of Appenzell
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from central Zurich in an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the scenic shores of Lake Zurich on your way to the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet. On arrival, indulge your sweet tooth with delectable Swiss chocolate and purchase appetizing souvenirs for friends and family. 

Travel onward to the verdant region of Appenzell, passing the medieval castle of Rapperswil, and get acquainted with the European country’s rich cultural traditions as you travel. Stop in the village of Stein to discover the complex processes behind cheese-making, and then arrive in Appenzell. 

Admire rows of decorative houses and spend two hours exploring the charming enclave at your leisure. Sample a Swiss specialty at a local restaurant, delve into cultural customs at the Appenzell Museum and shop for unique souvenirs in Appenzell’s quaint pedestrian zone. 

Reconvene with your guide at a prearranged time and head to a historical town square to learn of Swiss political traditions. Hear how local elections are publicly debated here, and then climb back onto your coach for the return journey to Zurich.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Sihlquai
Depart from central Zurich in an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the scenic shores of Lake Zurich on your way to the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet.
Stop At:  
Lindt Chocolate Shop Altendorf
Your tour starts with a panoramic drive along beautiful Lake Zurich. At your first stop, a great shopping opportunity awaits you at the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop - a must-do for chocoholics!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Schloss Rapperswil
Afterwards, your tour continues to the picturesque region of Appenzell in Eastern Switzerland. On the way, you'll pass the town of Rapperswil, well known for its impressive medieval castle.
Stop At:  
Appenzeller Schaukaeserei
You'll then stop in the village of Stein where you'll learn more about the traditional method of cheese-making at the local cheese factory.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Take a guided walk past decorative houses, before enjoying approximately two hours at your leisure. You may choose to visit the Appenzell Museum for a closer look at traditional Swiss customs or enjoy a local speciality at one of the cosy Appenzell restaurants. Alternatively, go for some souvenir shopping along Appenzell's pedestrian zone. Before heading back to Zurich, your guide will take you to the historic town square, setting for one of the most unique political traditions in Switzerland. All local elections and parliamentary decisions are publicly debated here by show of hands.
Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sihlquai
After a great day we will drop you off again in Zürich.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • This tour does not include a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory itself; just the outlet shop
  • You will have some free time in Appenzell to explore independently without your guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich.

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  • "Excellent one day Alpine trip if you have only one day." See review

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Good tour!
sharon1174
, Jan 2020
The whole tour was awesome. Appenzell was a very beautiful small village. It is a must to visit Appenzell.
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Switzerland day trip
John R
, Sep 2018
Excellent one day Alpine trip if you have only one day. Great van with guide and only 10 people.. Avoided the big bus tour stops with flexible schedule and time.
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The cable care ride to the top of...
Asha R
, Aug 2017
The cable care ride to the top of that breathtaking mountain view was great! Monica was a great tour guide. The view is priceless
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5 stars experience Our gentleman...
jae39shim
, Aug 2017
5 stars experience Our gentleman guide was very good. I gives him 5 stars review. he went an extra mile to take us to cable car ride on our own expence. Cable car ride was not included in original plan.
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The guide, Monica, was very pleasant...
Adriana L
, Jul 2017
The guide, Monica, was very pleasant and friendly and shared her wealth of knowledge in an interesting way. The tour is well-paced and the trip through the countryside gave a good insight in the agricultural activities of the region. We enjoyed the visits to the cheese factory and chocolate outlet. We spent some time in the small town Appenzell with its beautiful streets, interesting small shops, and museum.
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This was an amazing small group...
Pam K
, Jun 2017
This was an amazing small group tour. We went up into the Swiss countryside and saw some spectacular views of Swiss life on the farm. We saw cows, goats, and enchanting farmhouses while learning a lot about the customs in the Appenzell area. Karen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We first stopped at the Lindt chocolate factory but were only able to visit their sales area. That would be my only change recommendation so that a tour of the factory itself could be included but I know timing would be difficult since it was already a 10 hour tour. Our next stop was a cheese factory near Appenzell and here we did get to learn all about the art of cheese making as well as enjoy a generous cheese tasting. Our last stop was the town of Appenzell which was lovely. The museum is quite worth visiting and we enjoyed visiting the local Catholic church. Behind the church was the Catholic cemetery which was beautiful. Each plot had flowers planted in the ground and watering cans were provided next to the water spigot along with tools for weeding and pruning - very nice touch. We also enjoyed the local shops and costumes. This was a very enjoyable day!!
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This trip was excellent. The drive...
Renee C
, Dec 2015
This trip was excellent. The drive through the countryside was beautiful. We decided not to go up the mountain by cable car and spent a couple of hours in Appenzell. What a charming little Swiss village. The shops were quaint, the restaurant served excellent food, and the village was very picturesque. We loved this tour and the tour guide, Beat, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and shared all kinds of information about the region and life in Switzerland. Highly recommended.
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This was not the most exciting trip...
Judy H
, Oct 2015
This was not the most exciting trip, but we did see some beautiful countryside. The stop at the Lindt chocolate store was just that----a store. Cheese factory amounted to a video, observing cheese being churned, with no explanations, and cheese tasting. Both of these visits were short, but there was nothing else to do. When we reached Appenzell, our group was divided. We had traveled in two vans, so one group went on up the mountain to ride a cable car, while the rest of us were on our own to tour the town. We were there on a Monday and the problem was that most of the shops were closed. When the other group returned, we were to take a walking tour, but we had already done that. Fortunately, those who had walked the town's streets were taken back to Zurich in one of the vans. The female we then rode with, was much more informative than the gentleman we had for most of the tour. He was driver and guide and spoke in a monotone. Perhaps, had we not already seen other parts of the country, this would have seemed like a good introduction.For us, it was our last day and it really didn't add to our experiences. Thankfully, we were dropped off at our hotel, which was not originally included.
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Didn't expect to just be dropped off...
mrswanson
, Oct 2015
Didn't expect to just be dropped off for five hours while the rest of the group continued on to a mountain. So we had five hours of free time.
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2 hours of free time walking around...
Amy T
, Sep 2015
2 hours of free time walking around Appenzell was fine, although the guides didn't provide much information. But then another hour of walking around Appenzell with a tour guide after the other half of the group returned from the mountain gondola option, was redundant. Had I known the two tours would be traveling together I would have booked the mountain gondola option as well. The extra tour time could have been spent stopping at scenic lookoffs, visiting the castle en route or an entirely different experiences. Would I do this tour again - no, but it was better than sitting in the airport for 10 hours.
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